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Tuesday Highlights: Netflix looks to bypass iTunes billing for subscribers, currently testing in 33 countries, avoiding Apple's commissions; new Mac mini, MacBook Air said to launch in October, with pro-user focus, something Ben Lovejoy thinks is a mistake arguing for Apple to keep a low-cost Mac mini; Apple could see hit in Japan as country seeks to cut wireless fees, end bundling of smartphones; to boost sales, Apple expanding retail presence in India looking to open "flagship outlets in key locations"; Apple TV next landing spot for mega-hit game Fortnite?; citizen's arrest on thieves in California Apple Store; 22 US states seek court ruling to reinstate Net Neutrality; Macworld reviews external GPU Blackmagic; as Tesla toils, calls for Apple to sweep in and acquire rise.

  • "'iPhone 8' Optimism is Driving Apple's Stock Higher and Analysts Think It's Not Done Rising Yet"  MacRumors 6:52 AM
  • "Sharp Increases OLED-Investment Plan to $878 Million: Apple's next iPhone series will offer organic light-emitting diode displays; chasing Samsung" [Paid Membership Required] 10:38 AM
  • "Apple's enterprise success: Mac and iOS usage is climbing fast/74 percent of organizations saw an increase in Mac adoption and 76 percent saw more use of iPhones and iPads in 2016 than in 2015"  Computerworld 9:52 AM
  • "iPhone 8 could be Apple's biggest iPhone release yet, and this is why"  Express UK 7:26 AM
  • "Managing Apple Devices In The Enterprise" [20-page PDF] JAMF 7:18 AM
  • "Report highlights growth for Apple devices in enterprise: 91% now using Mac, 99% iPhone & iPad" 9to5Mac 7:19 AM
  • "IBM Saving Up to $50m by Using Macs, Not PCs" Apple Must 12:17 PM
  • "Macs and iPhones easier to support and deploy than Windows PCs, enterprise IT survey finds" AppleInsider 12:21 PM
  • "Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 5 for Mac" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "Apple seeds fifth developer beta of macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift" AppleInsider 1:20 PM
  • "Twitterrific for Mac project fully funded, more features promised if Kickstarter hits $100k" 9to5Mac 6:54 AM
  • "Our favorite Mac cleanup tips: In the spirit of spring cleaning, here are our favorite tips for keeping our Macs tidy and organized." Macworld 6:50 AM
  • "Make Pages Open New Blank Document by Default on Mac" OS X Daily 10:38 AM
  • "How To Create A 'Recent Apps' Shortcut In Your Dock" Apple Must 11:00 AM
  • "Using JavaScript to Find Photos Without Keywords" MacMost 9:54 AM
  • "How to clear your Safari browsing history in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7:08 AM
  • "First Public Sign of macOS 10.13 [Image] iClarified 10:09 AM
  • "New macOS 10.13 URL reference suggests we won't see the jump to macOS 11 this year" 9to5Mac 10:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "Bob LeVitus's 'Working Smarter for Mac Users' Available Now" The Mac Observer 1:16 PM
  • "Retrospect 14.0 backup software for Mac released with Backblaze B2 support" 9to5Mac 10:10 AM
  • "Firefox 52 lets you send tabs to other synced devices, ups the security ante" BetaNews 7:26 AM
  • "PhraseExpress, a popular application designed to speed up repetitive writing tasks, is now cross-platform compatible. Over the last 15 years, PhraseExpress has been downloaded more than one million times by Microsoft Windows users. Now, the popular typing productivity software is available for the first time on Mac computers and on iOS and Android mobile devices. PhraseExpress has been developed from scratch for each major platform to utilize the best features of each operating system." Bartels Media GmbH 7:21 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "CIA has hacking unit devoted to iOS malware; has lost control of most of it – Wikileaks"  9to5Mac 10:10 AM
  • "WikiLeaks document dump reveals CIA iPhone penetration team, insecurity of exploit library" AppleInsider 10:26 AM
  • "WikiLeaks reveals CIA's tactics for breaching iPhones, iPads, Windows, smart TVs & more" iDownload Blog 11:02 AM
  • "Wikileaks reveals how CIA is targeting your iPhone, Android, and smart TV" BGR 10:16 AM
  • "Global elites' love of iPhone made iOS a prime target of CIA" Cult of Mac 1:19 PM
  • "Black Enterprise Announces The Most Powerful Women In Business" ["The report spotlights prominent African American women, including Debbie Roberts, president, East Zone, McDonald's USA; Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment, Walt Disney Co.; Beyoncé Knowles Carter, CEO, Parkwood Entertainment; Lisa Borders, President, WNBA; Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Marketing, Apple Music, Apple Inc., and many more."] PRNewswire 8:12 PM
  • "Apple Music's Bozoma Saint John makes Black Enterprise's 'Most Powerful Women in Business'" AppleInsider 8:33 PM
  • "Apple accused of banning iPhone ads from Chinese newspapers critical of China" AppleInsider 8:32 PM
  • "Fencing goes down, revealing new Apple Store in Cologne, Germany – opening this month" 9to5Mac 7:17 AM
  • "Republican congressman says low-income Americans have to pick either one: new iPhone or healthcare" phoneArena 10:13 AM
  • "Apple Pay Launches in Ireland for KBC, Ulster Bank and Boon Customers" MacRumors 6:50 AM
  • "No One Remembers but the eMate 300 Is Twenty Years Old Today" Subtraction 8:13 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Republicans introduce resolution to kill FCC's internet privacy rules" The Verge 8:32 PM
  • "Report: Android inches closer to passing Windows as most popular OS for internet usage" 9to5Google 1:20 PM
  • "Alibaba's Jack Ma Wants Serious Jail Time for Counterfeiters"  Bloomberg 10:24 AM
  • "Wikileaks publishes what it says is trove of CIA hacking tools" Ars Technica 10:38 AM
  • "Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named 'Vault 7' by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency."  WikiLeaks 10:18 AM
  • "WikiLeaks Unleashes Massive Trove of CIA Hacking Documents, Saying the Release 'Eclipses Snowden Leaks'" WCCFTech 10:15 AM
  • "Dutch Study Finds Smart Meters May Exaggerate Your Energy Usage" Digital Trends 10:11 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 to follow iPhone 7 and ditch headphone jack?" TrustedReviews 7:28 AM
  • "Google expected to ditch the headphone jack for Pixel 2" TechnoBuffalo 7:25 AM
  • "BBC Tells Facebook About Child Porn on the Network, Facebook Reports BBC to Police" Gizmodo 7:11 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch owners complain about dead pixels" BBC 7:00 AM
  • "Amazon Drops Fight Over Alexa Data in Murder Case" PC Magazine 9:03 PM
  • "Amazon gives up fight for Alexa's First Amendment rights after defendant hands over data" The Verge 7:03 AM
  • "Amazon hands over Echo 'murder' data: Amazon has agreed to hand over data from an Amazon Echo that may have been operating as an alleged murder took place, after the defendant consented." BBC 7:00 AM
  • "Connected, Episode 132: Fun Conjecture Hour" MacStories 8:13 PM
  • "Ron Johnson on Steve Jobs, iPhone Numbers, Sonos PLAYBASE -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-07" The Mac Observer 1:16 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 177: The bottom of the rumor barrel" iDownload Blog 7:11 AM
  • "Information on first iPad Pro 10.5-inch case allegedly sent to Spanish peripheral distributor" AppleInsider 1:20 PM
  • "LG's UltraFine 5K Display Back in Stock on Apple's Website After Shielding Fix" MacRumors 11:11 AM
  • "The Apple iPad Pro 2 Will Feature A10X, Touch Bar, 4/6GB RAM & More According To Shaky Source" WCCFTech 7:25 AM
  • "New iPhone Delays Reveal Apple's Tricky Decision" Forbes 7:17 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 latest rumours - release date: US retailer returns unsold iPhone SE stock weeks before Apple's rumoured March event" PC Advisor 7:26 AM
  • "iPhones could go OLED-only by 2019: Rumors say that the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen. Could this become the new normal for Apple?" CNET 7:26 AM
  • "iOS 11 concept video shows how Apple could do dark mode, group FaceTime, iPhone split screen, more" 9to5Mac 10:09 AM
  • "iOS 10.3 Features and Updates: What's New" iPhone Hacks 9:54 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple patent uses depth maps for smart facial detection, bolsters iPhone 8 rumors" AppleInsider 6:54 AM
  • "Apple Granted 42 Patents Today Covering Advanced Facial Detection, Fabric iDevices & Magnetic Modern Buckle Band" Patently Apple 7:06 AM
  • "Patent Report: face detection, hand detection, and an Apple TV with a cable TV input" Apple World Today 8:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:55 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:55 AM

  • "Apple AirPods Explored and Explained" Envato Tuts+ 1:19 PM
  • "BeatsX: Not the Phones I am Looking for (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 8:08 PM
  • "Well rounded: The Lofree Bluetooth mechanical keyboard" Six Colors 10:10 AM
  • "Microsoft finally made my favorite keyboard and mouse" The Verge 7:29 AM
  • "Does GPU Bandwidth Matter?" Bare Feats 12:16 PM
  • "Bose SoundSport Wireless review: An excellent pair of in-ears and a great option for those leading an active lifestyle..." What Hi-Fi? 7:27 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze' Ep. 1 Review - A Fun Experience With Great Fan Service" Touch Arcade 1:19 PM
  • "'Milkmaid of the Milky Way' Review - A Melancholy Game of Saving Cows" Touch Arcade 12:21 PM
  • "'Hyperlight EX' Review - Faster than the Speed of Tilting" Touch Arcade 11:10 AM
  • "'Djinn Caster' Review - This Djinn's a Tonic" Touch Arcade 10:10 AM
  • "How to control your Philips Hue lights when you're away from home" iMore 10:11 AM
  • "How to customize Notification Center on iPhone and iPad" iMore 10:11 AM
  • "How to take photos on an iPad that don't suck" iMore 7:12 AM
  • "How to reduce your smartphone use without missing out: We offer some practical strategies for spending less time with your phone in your hand, without being disconnected from the rest of the world." Greenbot 7:00 AM
  • "How to Scan a QR Code using Google Chrome on iPhone" iPhone Hacks 6:24 AM
  • "Here Are The Privacy Settings You Should Look At If You Have A Smart TV" BuzzFeed 8:12 PM
  • "Sorting your Friends' Apple Watch Activity Tips" iLounge 4:23 PM
  • "3D Touch Can Be a Big Time Saver, Here's How to Get Started" The Mac Observer 1:16 PM
  • "Latest iPhone 8 mockup imagines rumored function area and bezel-less design" 9to5Mac 8:30 PM
  • "The iPhone is not a luxury good" The Verge 12:21 PM
  • "Chaffetz' choice: That new iPhone or Trumpcare? (Video)" Apple 3.0 12:21 PM
  • "Comment: iPhone's bezel-free direction again makes me suspect the iPad mini is on the way out" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Augmented reality jump ball: Google, Microsoft, Apple" Apple 3.0 10:11 AM
  • "Copying the copier: The iPhone 8 is a total ripoff" Macworld 10:11 AM
  • "How iPhone Addiction Is Built In" Mac360 8:45 AM
  • "The iPhone Battery Unicorn" PixoBebo 8:45 AM
  • "Amazon Echo Can't Do What Siri Does" Mac360 8:45 AM
  • "Apple And 'The Right To Repair" McSolo 7:55 AM
  • "Will you finally read the iTunes Terms and Conditions... as a graphic novel?" Macworld 6:50 AM
  • "Cassandra: Tuesday Review -Rumours, Racism, Apple Pay and a Return to Analog" eXtensions 6:23 AM
  • "Alexa Now Offers Medical Advice, Because Your Hypochondria Wasn't Bad Enough" Gizmodo 10:11 AM
  • "Cars Need Digital Safety Standards Too" Tech.pinions 7:06 AM
  • "Facebook, Twitter and Live Video" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:06 AM
  • "Universal USB-C charging: How the dream is coming true/We tested a stack of USB-C charging laptops and surprise: They finally work! (Mostly)." PCWorld 7:00 AM
  • "MWC 2017 Recap: 5G, Shrinking Bezels, and Other Hot Tech Trends" iPhone Hacks 6:24 AM
  • "Comic: Switching Sides" iMore 11:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Strategic Card Game, Evolution, Gets The Digital Treatment" AppAdvice 8:54 PM
  • "This AR-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any iPad-equipped classroom" TechCrunch 8:29 PM
  • "Proseezion – Professional Image Quality Camera App For iOS" MacPrices 4:10 PM
  • "Educational Toys That Work with iPhones and iPads" AppAdvice 10:10 AM
  • "Honda Civic Type R finally coming to U.S. – with CarPlay support as standard" 9to5Mac 6:54 AM
  • "C.U.B.I.P.L.E.X. 2.0 - Fun 3D Word Game" prMac 11:02 AM
  • "Offline English to Greek Language Dictionary 1.5 for iOS" prMac 6:54 AM
  • "App Camp For Girls Registration Opens For 2017 Summer Sessions" prMac 6:53 AM
  • "All in One - ToDo, Smart Calculator, Notes & Vault for iOS" prMac 6:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Global reports of Microsoft faults" BBC 9:00 AM
  • "Hotmail, Outlook and Skype down as Microsoft suffers 'authentication outage': Microsoft says it's 'working on a resolution'" The Inquirer 9:06 AM
  • "Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse/We don't know what's caused it, but it's probably a cyberwar with aliens living among us" The Register 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft 'working on' Hotmail fix after world glitch reported" Sky News 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft authentication issue hits Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox users" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Microsoft Hit With Authentication Issue, Many Users Were Locked Out of Accounts" Thurrott 10:32 AM
  • "Xbox, Skype, Outlook, and more recover from Microsoft Account issues" The Verge 10:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Azure Government previews facial and emotion recognition: Firm also brings HDInight and Power BI tools to US government customers" The Inquirer 6:48 AM
  • "Office 365 branded a 'gateway drug' to Microsoft Azure: Technology officer says users of cloud email service 'naturally' end up using Azure" The Inquirer 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft launches less expensive flagship Surface Book without an Nvidia GPU" ExtremeTech 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017 is now generally available" ZDNet 11:09 AM
  • "Visual Studio 2017 doubles down on devops, boosts performance: Visual Studio for Mac is also getting a new preview." Ars Technica 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with Steelcase to build 'Creative Spaces' and change our workplaces" Neowin 6:49 AM
  • "Microsoft brings big data cloud tools to US government employees" Neowin 6:49 AM
  • "HPE to pay $1 billion for Nimble Storage after cutting EMC ties: With the plan to acquire Nimble Storage, HPE is trying to bulk up its storage offerings" IDG News Service 11:55 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise to buy Nimble Storage for $1.09 billion" Reuters 7:24 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Purchase Nimble Storage for $1.09 Billion: Nimble Storage shares were up 45% premarket Tuesday." TheStreet 7:13 AM
  • "HP Enterprise to Acquire Nimble Storage for About $1 Billion: Hewlett Packard Enterprise hopes the acquisition of the flash-storage systems maker will boost sales" [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard To Acquire Nimble Storage For $1 Bln Deal" Nasdaq 7:15 AM
  • "HP refreshes line of Elite desktops and AiOs" ZDNet 12:04 PM
  • "HP announces EliteOne 800 All-in-One PC with Windows Hello support and more" MSPoweruser 12:04 PM
  • "AMD Naples: 32-core Zen-based SoC takes the fight to Intel Xeon/Server chip will start shipping in the second quarter" The Inquirer 11:09 AM
  • "AMD hopes to break Intel server dominance with new 32-core Naples chip: The company could use a pricing advantage to take server chip market share from the dominant Intel" IDG News Service 8:14 AM
  • "AMD promises 'end to incrementalism' with 32-core Naples server chip: Two-socket server chip coming in second quarter." Ars Technica 7:07 AM
  • "AMD Poised To Disrupt The Data Center With Zen-Based Naples Platform" HotHardware 7:21 AM
  • "AMD prepares for a datacentre comeback with 'Naples'" ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "AMD Readies Fight Against Intel In 'Innovation Starved' Data Center" Forbes 7:08 AM
  • "Intel's Business Transformation Continues in 2017" Market Realist 1:19 PM
  • "IBM's Deal With Salesforce Highlights the Company's Unique AI Position" TheStreet 7:09 AM
  • "IBM wants to sell a universal quantum computer in 'the next few years'" Neowin 6:37 AM
  • "IBM Expands Quantum Computing Efforts" eWeek 6:37 AM
  • "Cisco updates, integrates HyperFlex converged infrastructure system" ZDNet 9:28 AM
  • "Jim Cramer Likes Cisco And Microchip Technology" Benzinga 6:58 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Market Cap Approaches $800 Billion, a Record" 24/7 Wall St. 6:55 AM
  • "Apple Will No Longer Be the World's Most Valuable Company" 24/7 Wall St. 10:26 AM
  • "Apple Leads Tech Companies in Share Buybacks" Market Realist 10:09 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market slides for second day as energy shares weigh: Snap Inc. sells off for a second session" MarketWatch 4:12 PM
  • "Stocks Fall for Day Two as Trump Targets Health Care Sector: Stocks fall for a second day on Tuesday, the first back-to-back decline since January, as a selloff in health care spoils attempts by the market to push higher." TheStreet 4:11 PM
  • "Pharma, Bank Stocks Pull Wall St Lower" Reuters 4:11 PM
  • "Stocks Drift Lower as Investors Await Clues on Monetary Policy: France's spring elections rattle bond markets" [Paid Membership Required] 4:11 PM
  • "Financials weigh on Nikkei, as other Asian markets eke out gains" MarketWatch 7:15 AM
  • "European stocks face 4th loss in a row" MarketWatch 7:15 AM

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